On 14 March, Moscow Urban Forum 2018 «Megacity of the Future. New Space for Living» was presented at the Moscow Government's stand as part of the business programme of the international property exhibition MIPIM. The Forum will take place at Zaryadye Park from 17 to 22 July.
«What makes the organisation of the upcoming Forum stand out is that it will be held immediately after the end of the FIFA World Cup», according to Nadezhda Karavanova, deputy head of Moscow's Department of Urban Planning Policy. «The final match of the World Cup will be played on 15 July, and the Forum's business programme will last two days, 17 and 18 July; however, for the rest of the week, through 22 July, we'll prepare a massive Festival programme', Karavanova said.
A panel discussion was conducted in the form of a brainstorming session. Guests and participants were invited to answer the key questions of the upcoming Forum. Denis Boykov, the discussion's moderator, said, «The Moscow Urban Forum has been developing together with the city, just as actively and dynamically, and has become a leading platform for conversations about urban development not only in Russia, but around the world». He reminded his listeners that last year's Forum was the biggest in history: representatives from 70 countries attended, over 10,000 business programme participants were registered, and about 70,000 guests visited the exhibitions and the Festival. «The Moscow Urban Forum is a practical forum. All the best ideas and projects discussed during there are subsequently implemented. That's what happened with the «My Street», «Luzhniki», and «Zaryadye» projects. Moscow in and of itself is now an example to be followed'» noted Boykov.
Also participating in the discussion were Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Roman Timokhin, CEO of MR Group, Sergey Ryabokobylko, CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Ezequiel Rebruj, General Director, DGPAPP, Buenos Aires, and Diane Galbe, Global Director of Construction Markets at Suez Environment.
According to Sergey Kuznetsov, the megacity of the future requires that the city take the most creative approach to construction possible, as «today, megacities primarily compete for human capital, and it's difficult to surprise people and constantly respond to the demand for a new quality of life. Each new project must be implemented from the heart, attracting the best specialists, striving to do something new that is simultaneously as creative as possible». Kuznetsov also said that «it's impossible to predict how the architectural environment will change in 10 years—after all, few could have imagined seeing a modern park in place of the demolished Hotel Rossiya. A careful and imaginative attitude towards Moscow's key projects, which include housing renovations, the public transit system and development of industrial parks, is the key to a successful future for Moscow. The right actions lead to the right results».
Denis Boykov concluded the discussion by saying, «At the Forum, it would seem, we won't try to predict the future, but instead will be focussing on the challenges awaiting us in the near future and discussing the technologies and instruments required to tackle them».
A few days ago, it was announced that not one but two Moscow projects had been nominated for 2018 MIPIM Awards, a prestigious award in construction and architecture. One was Zaryadye Park, nominated in the category of best urban regeneration project. The second was Luzhniki, as the best refurbished building. According to Sergey Kuznetsov, it's a great honor for him to see these projects in the list of finalists for the MIPIM Awards. «I was a member of the judges' committee for this contest for three years, so I know how high the level of competition is here. So I think even getting shortlisted indicates the high quality of our work. And in general, the fact that Moscow's public projects can compete on the international level gives us additional motivation to continue our work», said Moscow's Chief Architect.